In this article we are not trying to compare the up-coming Palm Pre ($199,00) with touch-screen smartphone with Apple’s iPhone 3G. This will be dealt with in a coming article, as Palm have unveiled only partially their come-back smarphone. So more in the near future, as things evolve.
Palm’s Pre has been generating plenty of buzz since it was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. Supposed (and some truly hope so) to be the “Iphone assassin” and “Blackberry killer”, the new Palm model has a bit of everything and something unique. Still, will this new gadget from veteran label Palm really storm the market? Too early to say.
Developer of the modern personal digital assistant and an early player in smartphones, Palm, Inc. is a personal digital assistant and smartphone manufacturer headquartered in Sunnyvale, California that is responsible for popular products such as the Zire, Tungsten PDAs, Treo smartphones and the LifeDrive. Previous product lines include the Palm Pilot, Palm III, Palm V and Palm VII. While their older devices run Palm OS Garnet, four editions of the Treo run Windows Mobile. In early 2009 Palm announced a new operating system, Palm webOS, which is expected to replace the original Palm OS Garnet.
The new phone is currently scheduled for release on the 6th June 2009 and will be the first to use Palm’s Linux-based operating system Palm webOS. The Pre functions as a camera phone, a portable media player, a GPS system, and Internet client (with text messaging, email, web browsing, and local Wi-Fi connectivity).
Sprint Nextel is the official carrier in the USA, and along with Bell Mobility (Canada distribution), they surely await the new model with hope in their eyes.
Regarding financial details, the Pre’s $199.99 launch price requires the usual two-year contract. The company will also be offering a wireless charger for an additional $69.99.
What I like best so far is that Palm enhances user-phone accessibility with keeping the classic keyboard in addition to a pretty good looking touch-pad. Let’s face it, even if touching a glass can be cool, actually having tactile feedback won’t be topped by any touchscreen too soon. Speed is also a factor as you can use both thumbs. Sure, a pen could be a solution but that still presumes taking it out of the holder, putting it back and uses both hands.
On February 16, 2009, Adobe announced that it will be developing a version of Adobe Flash Player for webOS. This might do more good through marketing than directly, but it still notable for Palm fans.
We will keep you updated with this phone. This news about the new Palm jewel might rush Apple to introduce it’s new IPhone(s) sooner, because as this stand at this point the Pre is coming sooner by some days.
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